A BAR and restaurant in Boscombe has been crowned the Best Entertainment Pub at the Great British Pub Awards.

Chaplin’s and The Cellar Bar won the prestigious prize having been nominated for the same award six years in a row.

Owner Harry Seccombe and General Manager Carl Filer attended the awards night, which was held on Thursday night at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

“It was the award I really wanted to win,” said Harry.

“We were up against some tough opposition like the Bill Murray, which is massive pub for entertainment in London, so winning the award was a pleasant surprise.”

The award adds to the pub’s growing accolades, having won the Community Pub of the Year award twice at the Great British Pub Awards in 2015 and 2018, as well as being named the Best Bar None National Award winner in 2012 and winning the Best Pub Garden 2016.

Harry continued: “We have had a pretty good response on social media with a lot of people congratulating us.

“It just highlights what we do and what we’re all about on a national scale. I mean I’ve been in the business for 15 years and to get acknowledged for what we’ve done is very rewarding.

“A lot of people appreciate what we do for local music artists, poets, charity and community organisations. The pub brings people together and they are still a place where new local artists are discovered.

“I’m very thankful to all of the artists that have played here and grateful to everyone who has supported us.”